MERCERSBURG, PA. - More than a dozen fire companies responded to a Thursday morning fire that destroyed a century-old barn containing about 100 tons of hay and melted vinyl siding on a building more than 60 feet away.
The cause of the fire at the Hissong farm on Buchanan Trail West in Montgomery Township was under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Jeffrey Sarver.
The barn had no electrical service, was not used to store fuel and witnesses indicated the fire appeared to have started in the loft, where 180 large bales of hay were stored, he said.
"You have to be thankful it rained," said Kay Funk, whose house is across a farm lane from the barn.
"It could have been disastrous," said her mother-in-law, Sally Funk.
Across the road from the barn on the Funks' property is a swimming pool, and the vinyl fencing was buckled and wilted from the heat and the siding on a pool house had melted on one side. Grass on the side of the lane opposite the barn was singed stubble.